Workshops for MFAW Alums in Port Townsend

In addition to encouraging our alumni to come back to Goddard for free, public events at our residencies (which include the readings by our faculty and visitors), we also open the workshops given by our visitors to our alumni who are in the area or happen to be on campus for the alumni conferences. Any MFAW alum from either home campus is invited to sit in.

Faculty Spotlight Podcast Series

Faculty Spotlight Podcast Series

Get to know us: Who we are, what we write, how we teach, what Goddard means to us, what a residency is like…even stuff most people don’t know about us. Listen to all our faculty interviews for an inside look at Goddard!

New Podcast School partners with WGDR Radio

New Podcast School partners with WGDR Radio

Hey, Goddard Creative Writers past and present! As we announced here, the Goddard MFAW is doing a soft launch of our new Podcast School and it is open to all students and alumni of the MFA in Creative Writing. The new initiative begins with four workshops (two...

Alchemy of the Word

Alchemy of the Word

You asked for them: Those moving, inspiring, thought-provoking keynote and graduation lectures that you couldn't stop thinking about.  At the residencies for the Goddard MFA in Creative Writing program, "Can I get a copy of that?" is an even more common refrain than...

A Different Approach to Writing Annotations

A Different Approach to Writing Annotations

By Patricia Connelly The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of its Parts--A Two-Part Blog At one of our group advising meetings during the June residency in Vermont, Deborah Brevoort suggested we all read one or two of the same works during the semester and annotate them...

Expanding a Legacy: The Pitkin Review

Expanding a Legacy: The Pitkin Review

by Christine Kalafus   Last spring I received an unexpected email from the outgoing Editor-in-Chief of The Pitkin Review. It read:             “I wanted to ask if you'd be interested in filling the position of Editor-in-Chief next semester.” I nearly choked on my tea....

The MFAW Post-Graduate Semester

The MFAW Post-Graduate Semester

Deadline to apply for both campuses is December 1st Yes, you can come back! We have a new Post Graduate Semester (PGS) option for MFAW alums who want professional feedback in a community atmosphere as they revise, complete, and polish a writing project. Or begin a new...

PEN USA Emerging Voices Scholarship

PEN USA Emerging Voices Scholarship

Next year Goddard College will offer a new MFA scholarship in partnership with PEN Center USA. The recipient of this $10,000 award will be selected from applicants who have previously been PEN USA Emerging Voices fellows. The scholarship is intended to encourage this...

Coming soon: The Pitkin Review–Spring 2015 Edition

Coming soon: The Pitkin Review–Spring 2015 Edition

Coming Soon: The Pitkin Review – Spring 2015 Edition Editor’s Note: Sex, death, war, and the unknown. Not only do writers write in the dark most of the time, we write about the dark: the shadows within and the night without. In so doing, we bring the light of our...

Goddard Alum/Faculty Reception at AWP

Goddard Alum/Faculty Reception at AWP

Calling all Goddard College Faculty and Alums who will be attending AWP this year! As members of this elite squad, you are invited to our reception, to be held at the Conference. This is a great way to catch up with old friends, meet some new ones and generally feel...

The Graphic Novel with Susan Kim and Rachel Pollack

The Graphic Novel with Susan Kim and Rachel Pollack

An Interview by Beatrix Gates Vermont Graphic Novel faculty Rachel Pollack and Susan Kim attended the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) Fest with MFA Graphic Novel grads Anne Bean and Ryan Wynns, '13, see pix below.            ...

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february

16feb7:00 pm8:30 pmFeaturedSarah Townsend Reading

Event Details

Debut memoirist Sarah Townsend will be returning to Goddard College as our Visiting Alumna.  She will read and answer questions about her book Setting the Wire: A Memoir of Postpartum Psychosis (The Lettered Streets Press, 2019). This public event will take place at 7pm in the Reading Room on the second floor of Building 204, 200 Battery Way, in Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA 98368. A reception and book signing will immediately follow the reading.

Please join us for this public reading and celebration!

Bestselling author Claire Dederer described Setting the Wire as “a tightly coiled and disturbingly gorgeous exploration of her postpartum mental breakdown. I devoured these pages–while willing myself to slow down so I could catch every nuance of Townsend’s taut, lyrical, wise writing.”

Sarah Townsend received her MFA from Goddard College, and her MA in counseling psychology from Northwestern University. Setting the Wire has been featured on Beyond Well with Sheila Hamilton, The Ish with Cameron Dezen Hammon, UpFront with Cat Brooks of KPFA (NPR) in Berkeley, and in the Chicago Review of Books. Sarah currently teaches at Hugo House in Seattle, WA. She also serves on the advisory committee of Perinatal Support Washington and on the Postpartum Psychosis Task Force of Postpartum Support International. She co-facilitates the Holyoke Reading Series and the Goddard College Alumni Lighthouse Writers’ Conference & Retreat.

Time

(Sunday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location

Goddard College Fort Worden Campus

Fort Worden

19feb7:00 pm8:30 pmFeaturedAward-winning Author Nisi Shawl to Speak at Goddard MFAW Port Townsend Residency

Event Details

Critically acclaimed author Nisi Shawl will be speaking at Goddard College’s MFA in Creative Writing Program on Wednesday, February 19, 2020.  They will read and answer questions about their work, which includes the steampunk novel Everfair –an alternate and happier history of the so-called Belgian Congo. This public event will take place at 7pm in the Reading Room on the second floor of Building 204, 200 Battery Way, in Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA 98368. A reception and book signing will immediately follow the reading.

Nisi Shawl also wrote the James Tiptree, Jr. Award-winning story collection Filter House (2008). Other recent titles include the collections Talk Like a Man (2019) and A Primer on Nisi Shawl (2018). They co-wrote Writing the Other: A Practical Approach (2005), a standard text on inclusive representation in the imaginative genres and the basis for many of their online and in-person workshops.  They co-edited the anthologies Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany; and Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler.  In 2019 Solaris published their latest editing venture, the acclaimed anthology New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color.

Shawl has spoken at Duke University, Spelman College, University of Hawai’i Manoa, Smith College, and several other educational institutions, and has taught at University of Washington Bothell and at Sarah Lawrence College.  They regularly contribute book reviews and criticism to The Seattle Times, Ms. Magazine, Los Angeles Review of Books, Seattle Review of Books, and The Washington Post.  They also edit book reviews for the feminist journal Cascadia Subduction Zone.  Shawl is a Carl Brandon Society founder and a Clarion West board member.  They live in Seattle near an enticingly large lake filled with dangerous currents.

Time

(Wednesday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location

Goddard College Fort Worden Campus

Fort Worden

26feb5:30 pm7:00 pmZOOM into the Goddard MFA! Join Our February Info Session.Meet Goddard College MFA in Creating Writing's program director Elena Georgiou and learn how our low-residency MFA program can help you develop your voice as a writer in the world.

Event Details

Want to find out more about the Goddard low residency MFA in Creative Writing? On FEBRUARY 26th, join our next virtual Zoom meeting with Director Elena Georgiou and discover why the first low residency MFA program in the country is still thriving and may be the best for you!
GODDARD HONORS YOUR VOICE, YOUR VISION, YOUR GOALS AND YOUR LIFE.  OUR AWARD-WINNING FACULTY IS HERE TO HELP YOU DEVELOP THE SKILLS YOU NEED TO CREATE THE PROJECT YOU CAME TO WRITE. OUR RESIDENCIES GIVE YOU THE FREEDOM TO EXPERIMENT OR DIVE DEEPLY INTO YOUR GENRE.  NO LECTURES, NO REQUIRED TRACKS, NO ONE ELSE’S CANON.
Goddard’s model is ideal for people with commitments to family or work who choose to hone their writing skills at the same time. The Goddard MFA program enables you to tailor your study to any of a wide variety of genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, graphic novel, and hybrid forms, and to learn from a diverse faculty of published authors. Goddard also offers playwriting, screenwriting, TV writing, and libretto writing from our Vermont campus, through one-on-one mentorship from working writers in the TV, theatre, film, and opera fields.
Goddard’s program takes place on two coasts: Port Townsend, WA in February and July, and Plainfield, VT in January and July.
Our next call is on February 26  2020 5:30-7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/vJ0scuiurDkjPzFxMPRzHhQDjS7UZNX0Lw
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Time

(Wednesday) 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EST

Location

Virtual

Organizer

Goddard College Admissionsdaphne.kinney-landis@goddard.edu

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